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US doctor examines Charlie Gard to see if treatment can help

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A U.S. doctor is examining 11-month-old Charlie Gard in the latest update to the so-called “death with dignity” case that has sparked international outrage.

The baby’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted to bring Charlie to the U.S. for experimental medical treatment after he was diagnosed as terminally ill due to a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

Doctors said nothing could be done for the child, and the hospital ordered him taken off life support, whether or not his parents made the decision. British courts and the European Court of Human Rights blocked them from taking Charlie to the U.S. and even from bringing him home for his last few hours of life.

After the tragic story sparked international distress, President Donald Trump and the Vatican children’s hospital in Italy both offered to take in Charlie and provide any needed medical support.

Dr. Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at New York’s Columbia University, spent four and a half hours examining Charlie on Monday at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Telegraph reported.

“The person’s going to die anyway; why not try the treatment?” Stu Burguiere explained the case on Tuesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.” The issue at stake is the parents’ right to take a chance to help their child, even if the medical treatment is a one-in-a-million shot at improvement.

To see more from Glenn, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” with Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere and Jeffy Fisher weekdays 9 a.m.–noon ET on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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